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There’s something for everyone in this edition of Theme Park Bits. From Back to the Future, to Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Little Mermaid, read about the following:

  • Is Back to the Future returning to Universal Studios Hollywood?
  • FastPass + is available to meet Mark Hamill and others at Star Wars Weekends.
  • You can own an original car from the Walt Disney World monorail.
  • Check out the new theater inside Animal Kingdom.
  • See original concept art from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
  • What’s next for the Frozen franchise in the Disney theme parks?
  • Watch a video combining Darth Vader and cupcakes.
  • The Millennium Falcon takes center stage in a Star Wars Weekend promo.
  • The California Adventure Little Mermaid ride got a quiet upgrade.
  • Steven Spielberg speaks Japanese in new Universal Studios ad.
  • Video and images from the Hogwarts Express ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Hollywood Science Fiction Museum

Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.

The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.

Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.

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Cool Stuff: Back to the Future Past T-Shirt Mash Up

Back to the Future Past

It’s a rare occasion to specifically call out a single day’s Teefury t-shirt, but it’s a rare occasion for one to be this awesome. Popular Mondo artist Tom Whalen is behind the Wednesday March 26 design and it’s called “Back to the Future Past.” The image blends the characters of the X-Men with Back to the Future, in a similar time travel way to the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.

This t-shirt, which costs only $11, is only on sale until midnight tonight, Easter Standard Time at Teefury.com.

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Technically, we’ve still got one year to go before Marty McFly is due to fly in from 1985 in his DeLorean. But so far, it’s not looking all that likely that next year will deliver on the oddly ’80s-ish future promised in Back to the Future Part II. There are no hoverboards in the streets, the Jaws frachise stalled after four installments, and fax machines are growing more obsolete by the day.

Still, there’s at least one detail that’s sure to come true if Tinker Hatfield has anything to do with it. The Nike designer has revealed that power laces are indeed coming in 2015, just as Back to the Future Part II said they would. More on the announcement after the jump.

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Back to the Future ReAction

These days action figures look too good. They’re all 3D scanned with multiple points of articulation, tons of accessories and beautiful packaging. That wasn’t always the case. In the Eighties, you got a basic likeness that barely looked like the character, four points of articulation and a simple card with plastic bubble. That was it. Kenner style.

ReAction Figures is bringing that back. They’ll soon release classic Eighties carded figures from properties that never got that treatment. Movies and shows like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, Firefly, The Terminator, Friday the 13th, Predator, The Rocketeer, Escape from New York and many more. They’re available for pre-order now on Entertainment Earth and you can check out some images below. Read More »

Back to the Future

Two years ago Bob Gale cautioned Back to the Future fans not to believe everything they read with respect to the idea of the 1985 film becoming a Broadway musical. Now we know the real deal: the film is being turned into a London West End musical — a totally different thing! (That’s sarcasm.) The Back to the Future musical is real: Gale and Robert Zemeckis are working with Amblin, Universal Stage Productions (WickedBilly Elliot), and producer Colin Ingram on the stage work.

Music for the show will be written by Alan Silvestri, and Jamie Lloyd is directing. We’ve got a new statement from Gale, below, along with some more info.  Read More »

Doc Brown Chicken

Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:

  • The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
  • Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
  • See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
  • Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
  • Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.

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Back to the Future

Briefly: Marty and Doc are spending time together again. The core cast of Back to the Future is going to reunite, but not in a film. The Michael J. Fox Show has booked Christopher Lloyd to appear in an episode as “the eccentric principal at the high school where Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches and will go toe-to-toe with Mike (Michael J. Fox).” In other words, he’s playing the James Tolkan role.

Sadly, this isn’t meant to be an ongoing thing; the guest appearance is currently only scheduled to be a one-off, in spring 2014. The episode is shooting this week.

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